NWT Water Stewardship


Freshwater is fundamental to all life. Northwest Territories (NWT) waters are essential for ecosystems, and for the people living in those ecosystems. In the NWT, the rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, ponds, deltas, and wetlands – and even water under the ground – are an important part of our lives, and traditional Aboriginal culture.

We all have the responsibility to make sure our use of the land and water does not harm the water and aquatic ecosystems on which people, plants and animals depend. We call this responsibility “water stewardship”.

Through water stewardship and partnerships, we can all work together to make sure the waters of the NWT remain clean, abundant and productive for all time.

About this site

This site is a platform for water partners to share information and showcase initiatives related to water stewardship in the NWT.

This site contains information about the importance of water, ecosystems and watersheds in the NWT and the joint achievements implementing  Northern Voices, Northern Waters: NWT Water Stewardship Strategy (the Water Strategy). The Water Strategy was developed to provide a clear path to bring all levels of government, agencies and the public together to make water stewardship decisions that protect the environment and sustain northern residents.